The VAC Renaissance Preamplifier Mk V with optional MM/MC phono stage is not inexpensive but reasonable taking into account it is at the cutting edge of what is possible. If you are serious about and love music this preamplifier will provide many years of totally immersed enjoyment!
The line stage circuit is the same transformer- coupled Class A1 balanced triode design found in the Statement Line Stage. The external power supply has dual-mono rectification and filtering of the crucial high voltage supplies for superb, spacious imaging and great preservation of nuance. The remote volume control is of the direct-acting analogue type and continuously variable, so you easily can the precise level that makes the music snap into focus.
The audio connectors are premium rhodium plated Cardas and Neutrik Professional. There are three high level inputs, two of which may be balanced or single-ended, just like the output.
Vinyl lovers may specify the optional MM MC phono stage, which features three twin triodes operating in pure Class A1, variable MC impedance loading, and purely passive, precise RIAA equalization. The circuit topology is derived from the Signature MkII SE, differing principally in the number of tubes employed, and uses the same premium MC input transformers. The results rival and exceed those delivered by many more costly separate phono stages. You should expect nothing less of a VAC.
44 dB MM; 62 or 68 dB MC (switchable on units made after September 1, 2017)
RIAA standard +/- 0.2 dB (20 Hz - 20 kHz)
-3 dB bandwidth 10 Hz - • 80 kHz
> 80 dB @ 1 kHz
MC Load Impedance
selectable, 470, 300, 250, 200, 150, and 100 ohms
117MV @ 1kHz = 8 volts RMS output; 460MV @ 10kHz
Less than 3MV at output (s/n ratio greater than approx. 69db)
PowerExternal power supply, detachable umbilical cable, detachable IEC power cord
May be factory configured for operation at 100, 120, 220, or 230/240 volts
Illuminated logo may be switched to bright, dim, or off
Hand-rubbed gold-flake gloss black lacquer with chrome knobs standard.
Hand-rubbed metallic gloss silver lacquer with chrome knobs special order with additional cost.
Two years parts and labor, excluding tubes (USA, see manual for full details)
Dimensions (H x W x D)
Audio chassis (not including knobs and connectors): 4" x 18" x 16"
Power supply (not including connectors): 4.3" x 6" x 13"
The VAC Renaissance Preamplifier Mk V with MM/MC phono stage is not inexpensive but reasonable taking into account it is at the cutting edge of what is possible. If you are serious about and love music this preamplifier will provide many years of totally immersed enjoyment! Go find a dealer, audition the VAC renaissance Mk V. Preamplifier, most certainly you will like what you hear.